Hear the “striking voices” of the 1968 sanitation workers and their families – voices of Civil Rights activists who shaped Memphis and the world! From March 6 – April 22, the “Striking Voices” photo and video exhibition is coming to the Goodwyn Gallery of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., first floor). The “living” exhibit – presented by Striking Voices and hosted in partnership with Memphis Public Libraries and the Memphis Library Foundation –will showcase never-before-seen interviews and recent images of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strikers, their wives and children.
Join us for an opening reception Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. inside Central Library’s Goodwyn Gallery. This event is free and open for the public to enjoy food, music and special guests.
Over the past three years, journalist Emily Yellin and the Striking Voices crew have conducted a series of in-depth video interviews with the 1968 sanitation strikers. “So often, the sanitation strikers are seen as a chapter in another story — the life of Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement, the labor movement or Memphis history. The goal of Striking Voices is to flip that script and treat those events and people as chapters in the lives of the strikers and their families,” Yellin said.
After each interview, photographer Darius B. Williams created dynamic portraits of everyone who talked on video. Richard Copley, Striking Voices director of photography, also included original photos he took from the 1968 Sanitation Strike.
“We aim to celebrate the work, honor the men and their families, and give credit to everyone who supported the Striking Voices project – all of whom are Memphians.”
For more information about the Striking Voices Exhibit, visit www.strikingvoices.com or call 901-415-2873.